Friday, September 16, 2011

Bay Area Huskers E-News 9/13/11

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

A quick one this week. We were fortunate to be able to watch the Fresno State game live in Lincoln, but it was a nail biter til the Huskers got a little extra ‘motivation’ at half time and eventually took control of the game for the ‘W’. Halftime was very emotional as the Husker marching band was joined by hundreds of alums who joined in to play a series of tribute pieces to the memories of the victims of 9/11.

It was a Chamber of Commerce day in the homeland with the Blue Angels doing an airshow at the Lincoln airport in the early afternoon before the game, and then the Huskers played in perfect weather under a full moon. Lets hope Coach Pelini’s half time speech still rings in their ears next Saturday as the Huskers try to settle the rubber match with the Washington Huskies.

Found some good stuff below from Randy York, an article from the Fresno State viewpoint, some pics of a Husker theme garage in Southern California, and a series of articles from the UNL Foundation at the end about whats happening on campus and around the Husker Nation. Enjoy!

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

Watch Parties:

We will once again gather at our favorite watering holes to enjoy a national broadcast (ABC) of the game this Saturday. Kickoff is at 12:30 local time so get there in time for a little lunch and a good seat. See you there!

Game 3: Nebraska vs. Washington
Sept. 17, 2011 | Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Neb. | 12:30 p.m. (PDT)

Game Information
Television: ABC
Radio: Husker Sports Network (radio affiliates)
Capacity: 81,091 (314th Consecutive Sellout)
Surface: FieldTurf
Series Record: Series tied 4-4-1
In Lincoln: Series tied, 1-1-1
Last Meeting: Washington 19, Nebraska 7 (2010 Holiday Bowl)

Record: 2-0
Rankings: Coaches-10; AP-10
Last Game: def. Fresno State, 42-29
Coach: Bo Pelini
Career/NU Record: 32-12/4th year
vs. UW: 1-1

Record: 2-0
Rankings: Not ranked
Last Game: def. Hawaii, 40-32
Coach: Steve Sarkisian
Career/UW Record: 14-13/3rd year
vs. NU: 1-1

The Matchup

Nebraska completes a three-game homestand to open the season on Saturday afternoon, when the Huskers play host to Washington at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by ABC, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. The contest can be seen on ESPN in areas not carrying the game on the local ABC affiliate.

The Huskers enter the game with a 2-0 record after a 42-29 victory over Fresno State last Saturday in Lincoln. Nebraska trailed 20-14 early in the second half, but rallied with an explosive offensive and special teams effort, scoring four touchdowns in the game's final 23 minutes. The Huskers' 2-0 start leaves them ranked 10th in both major national polls entering the matchup with Washington.

Washington will bring a 2-0 record to Lincoln following a 40-32 victory over Hawaii last Saturday afternoon in Seattle. The Huskies opened the year with a 30-27 victory over defending FCS national champion Eastern Washington a week earlier. Washington is receiving votes in both national polls this week following its 2-0 start.

The meeting between the two schools is the third in the last 12 months, after the Huskers won a regular-season matchup at Washington last season, and the Huskies defeated Nebraska in the 2010 Holiday Bowl.

The Series

Saturday's meeting will be the 10th all-time meeting between the two schools with the series tied 4-4-1. The series in Lincoln is also tied at 1-1-1, most recently a 55-7 Nebraska victory in September of 1998. Nebraska has entered the last six regular-season matchups between the schools ranked in the top 12 nationally.

The Coaches

Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, '90) owns a 32-12 record in his fourth season. Pelini has guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first three seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich in accomplishing that feat. Pelini has guided Nebraska to a conference championship game the past two seasons and to at least a share of the Big 12 divisional crown his first three seasons as head coach.

Washington: Steve Sarkisian (BYU, '97) owns a 14-13 record in his third season as Washington's head coach. He guided UW to its first bowl game since 2002 last season when Washington defeated Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. Prior to being named Washington head coach, Sarkisian served as offensive coordinator for USC.

Nebraska Football

Nebraska is 839-345-40 all-time, one of just eight schools with 800 all-time victories w Nebraska has won five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997). * The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships. * Nebraska's 47 all-time bowl appearances rank fifth nationally. * Since 1970, Nebraska has 405 wins, 24 more than any other school. * Nebraska's 99 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation. * The Huskers have had 107 All-Americans in school history.

Noting Game 2...Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29

*-Nebraska's win marked the Huskers' eighth consecutive non-conference home win and NU's 22nd straight vicotry against a WAC opponent. The Huskers are 23-1 all-time against the WAC. It also marks the seventh straight season NU has started the season 2-0.

*-Sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, marking his seventh career 100-yard rushing game. Martinez's seven 100-yard rushing games are the third-most ever for a Nebraska quarterback, trailing only Eric Crouch (18) and Jammal Lord (8).

*-Martinez's 385 yards of total offense (166 rush, 219 pass) ranked eighth in school history and marked his second-highest career total, trailing only his 435-yard performance last season at Oklahoma State (112 rush, 323 pass).

*-Martinez had a 57-yard run in the first quarter, a 37-yard run in the second quarter and a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, giving him five runs of at least 30 yards this season. Martinez had 10 30-plus yard runs last season, giving him 15 in 15 career games.

*-Martinez had touchdown runs of 1 and 46 yards, following his three-touchdown effort on opening weekend. Martinez has six career multiple rushing touchdown games, including four games with at least three touchdowns.

*-Martinez threw for 219 yards and a touchdown, giving him seven career games with 100 rushing and 100 passing yards. Martinez's 219 passing yards were the second-highest total of his career, trailing only his career-high 323 passing yards at Oklahoma State last season. Martinez has the only two games in Nebraska history with 200 passing and 100 rushing yards.

*-Freshman Ameer Abdullah had five kickoff returns for 211 yards, establishing a Nebraska single-game record. The previous record was 186 yards by Josh Davis on seven returns at Kansas State in 2002. Abdullah had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and a 38-yard kick return earlier in the game. The 100-yard return for a touchdown marked the Huskers' second kickoff return for a touchdown in the past 10 games (also Niles Paul, 100 yards at Oklahoma State last season).

*-Abdullah's 100-yard kickoff return tied for the second-longest in school history and is just the fourth kickoff return of 100 yards or more in school history.

*-Freshman receiver Jamal Turner had three receptions for 63 yards, including a 43-yard catch in the third quarter to set up a touchdown that put Nebraska ahead 21-20. Turner averages 20.5 yards on four receptions this season.

*-Redshirt freshman Kenny Bell had his first career reception--a 42-yarder in the second quarter--to set up a TD that tied the game at 14-14.

*-Junior tight end Kyler Reed had a 53-yard reception in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown. The 53-yard catch was the fourth catch of Reed's career that covered at least 40 yards. He finished with two catches for 61 yards.

*-Nebraska had six plays from scrimmage of at least 38 yards in the game, including three runs by Martinez (57, 38, 46) and passes by Martinez of 43 yards to Turner, 42 yards to Bell and 53 yards to Reed.

*-Senior linebacker Lavonte David had a team-high 15 tackles, marking his ninth career double-figure tackle game and fourth with at least 15 tackles.

*-Junior linebacker Will Compton matched David's tackle total with a career-high 15. His previous career best was seven on two occasions.

*-Nebraska trailed 17-14 at half, before rallying for the victory. The win improved Nebraska to 5-9 under Bo Pelini when trailing at the half. It was NU's first win in that situation since trailing 10-7 at Iowa State at halftime last year, before winning 31-30 in overtime.

*-Fresno State's 29 points were the most by a non-conference opponent against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium since Virginia Tech scored 35 in a 35-30 win in 2008.

*-Fresno State's Devon Wylie had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, marking the first punt return for a score against NU since Oct. 20, 2001, when Texas Tech's Wes Welker had an 85-yard return for a touchdown.

Scouting Washington

Washington brings a 2-0 record into its first road game of the 2011 season. The Huskies opened their season with a come-from-behind victory over in-state FCS school, Eastern Washington, 30-27. UW pulled out another close victory last weekend, topping Hawaii, 40-32.

After being out-gained 504-250 against Eastern Washington, the Huskies racked up 466 yards of offense against Hawaii and held the Rainbows to 388 yards. Washington enters play this weekend with the worst pass defense in the country with an average of 403.0 yards per game, but they will go up against a ground-oriented Nebraska offense that ranks 91st nationally in passing. Contrastly, Washington ranks seventh nationally against the run, allowing only 43.0 rushing yards per game.

Offensively, UW ranks 83rd nationally in total offense, but the Huskies feature a balanced attack. UW is averaging 208.5 passing yards per contest and 149.5 rushing yards per game. First-year starting quarterback Keith Price is completing 70 percent of his passes this season and has thrown for 417 yards and seven touchdowns against only one interception. Running back Chris Polk, who totaled more than 230 yards rushing in the two games against Nebraska last season, ranks 25th nationally with an average of 116.0 rushing yards per game this season.

Washington also boasts a solid special teams unit, led by place-kicker Erik Folk, who is a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals this season, including a long of 53 yards.

Series History

Nebraska and Washington are meeting for the third time in 12 months Saturday afternoon, after the teams split a pair of games last season. The Huskers won the regular-season meeting in 2010, handing Washington a 56-21 loss in Seattle, before the Huskies avenged the loss with a 19-7 victory in the Holiday Bowl. The all-time series between the two schools is tied 4-4-1, including a 1-1-1 mark inside Memorial Stadium. Nebraska has won three of the last four meetings in the series, outscoring the Huskies 145-61 during that stretch.

In last year's regular-season matchup, Nebraska never trailed and outgained the Huskies 533-246. The Huskers ran for 383 yards, as Rex Burkhead, Roy Helu Jr. and Taylor Martinez each rushed for more than 100 yards. Martinez also completed 7-of-11 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown, with Brandon Kinnie catching five of those seven completions for 105 yards.

In the Holiday Bowl, the roles were reversed as Washington never trailed, held Nebraska to 91 yards rushing and outgained the Huskers, 340-189.


Lincoln, Neb. - Quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for 219 yards and rushed for 166 more, and freshman Ameer Abdullah set a school record with 211 kick return yards, including a 100-yard fourth-quarter explosion to lead Nebraska to a 42-29 win over Fresno State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

Playing in front of the NCAA-record 313th consecutive sellout (85,101 attendance) at Memorial Stadium and a Big Ten Network television audience, Nebraska used big plays all night long to improve to 2-0 on the season. Fresno State slipped to 0-2 despite leading 20-14 midway through the third quarter. The Bulldogs rolled up 444 yards in total offense against the Blackshirts thanks to 169 rushing yards from Robbie Rouse on 36 carries and 254 yards passing from Derek Carr. Fresno State's balanced offensive attack allowed them to maintain possession for more than 37 minutes in the game.

While the Bulldogs used four scoring drives of 10 or more plays to produce one touchdown and three field goals, the Huskers used four scoring drives of six or fewer plays to outlast the Bulldogs.

Martinez's 46-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-3 with 2:02 left clinched the victory to cap an explosive night for the Husker offense. Along with a pair of touchdown runs, Martinez added a third-quarter touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa.

Martinez finished with 385 yards of total offense - the second-best total of his career and the eighth-highest mark in Nebraska history. It was his seventh career 100-yard rushing performance, and his second-best passing total of his career.

For the game, Martinez added long runs of 57 and 38 yards, while adding a 53-yard pass to Kyler Reed, a 43-yard connection with Jamal Turner and a 42-yard hookup with Kenny Bell. Those six plays accounted for 279 of Nebraska's 438 yards of total offense. Abdullah added a 38-yard kickoff return to his 100-yard score to give the Huskers eight total plays of 38 or more yards in the game.

Fresno State used a big play on special teams to strike first, as returner Devon Wiley took Brett Maher's 49-yard punt back 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first quarter. It was the first punt return for a touchdown by a Husker opponent since Wes Welker's 85-yard return for Texas Tech in 2001.

Martinez provided a quick answer for the Huskers, pushing NU 80 yards in just five plays capped by his one-yard touchdown run. The Husker drive was sparked by Martinez's 57-yard run on the opening play of the march, and included a 20-yard completion from Martinez to tight Ben Cotton to set up the tying score.

Bulldog sophomore quarterback Derek Carr than provided an answer of his own with a high-flying four-yard touchdown run as he stretched ball inside the pylon on the NU sideline across the goal while soaring out of bounds. Carr's run gave Fresno State a 14-7 with 28 seconds left in the opening quarter.

The Huskers answered again midway through the second quarter, as Martinez opened the drive with a 38-yard run, then connected with Bell on a 42-yard pass on the next play to put NU on the Bulldogs' doorstep.

Junior I-back Rex Burkhead, who finished with 15 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns, capped the drive by diving over the pile on 4th-and-Goal from the 1 to tie the score at 14 with 4:43 left in the half.

But Fresno State carried the lead to the locker room by marching 67 yards on 11 plays capped by Kevin Goessling's 22-yard field goal with 25 seconds.

The Bulldogs built their lead to 20-14 on the opening drive of the third quarter, as Goessling tacked on a 36-yard field goal with 10:17 left. Goessling kick capped a 10-play, 61-yard drive.

Martinez then gave the Huskers their first lead of the game by showing more big-play ability. On 3rd-and-10 from the NU 39, Martinez hooked up with Turner on a 43-yard completion. Two plays later, Martinez found Enunwa on a 16-yard touchdown strike. Maher's extra point gave Nebraska a 21-20 lead with 8:20 left in the third quarter.

The two defenses played to a draw the rest of the third quarter, before Martinez and the Huskers used another big play to strike again to open the fourth. Martinez found tight end Kyler Reed down the middle for a 53-yard strike to open the drive after forcing a Fresno State punt. After another Reed catch for an eight-yard gain, Burkhead burst up the middle to cap the drive with a six-yard touchdown run to give the Huskers a 28-20 advantage with 12:59 left in the game.

Less than a minute later, Fresno State used its quickest scoring strike of the night by covering 76 yards in just four plays capped by Carr's 26-yard touchdown pass to Josh Harper to cut the NU lead to 28-26. Carr's two-point conversion pass to tie failed with 12:06 left.

Abdullah answered with Nebraska's quickest score of the night, covering 100 yards with a dazzling return to put the Huskers up 35-26 with 11:50 left.

True to their namesake, the Bulldogs kept fighting and marched 52 yards in 14 plays over the next 6:19. However, Fresno State had to settle for a 37-yard Goessling field goal to pull within a score at 35-29 with 5:24 left.

Nebraska then responded with its longest sustained drive of the night, covering 80 yards in seven plays in 3:22. Burkhead carried the ball the first six times for 34 yards on the drive, before Martinez exploded over the left side on an option play to race 46 yards for the final score with 2:02 left.

Nebraska continues its three-game season-opening homestand next week when the Huskers play host to Washington. Kickoff with the Huskies at Memorial Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. (central) with an ABC telecast.

Scoring Summary
Final: #10 Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)

First Quarter (FS, 14-7)
FS - 7:45 - Devon Wiley 67 punt return (Kevin Goessling kick) - FS, 7-0
NU - 5:54 - Taylor Martinez 1 run (Brett Maher kick) - 5 plays, 80 yards, 1:51, 7-7
FS - 0:28 - Derek Carr 4 run (Goessling kick) - FS, 14-7

Second Quarter (FS, 17-14)
NU - 4:52 - Rex Burkhead 1 run (Maher kick) - 6 plays, 85 yards, 2:49, 14-14
FS - 0:25 - Goessling 22 FG - 11 plays, 67 yards, 4:18, FS 17-14

Third Quarter (NU, 21-20)
FS - 10:17 - Goessling 36 FG (Maher kick) - 10 plays, 61 yards, 4:43, FS, 20-14
NU - 8:20 - Quincy Enunwa 16 pass from Martinez (Maher kick) - 5 plays, 61 yards, 1:50, NU 21-20

Fourth Quarter (NU, 42-29)
NU - 12:59 - Burkhead 6 run (Maher kick) - 3 plays, 67 yards, 1:00, NU 28-20
FS - 12:06 - Josh Harper 26 pass from Carr (Carr pass failed) - 4 plays, 76 yards, 0:46, NU 28-26
NU - 11:50 - Ameer Abdullah 100 kickoff return (Maher kick) - NU, 35-26
FS - 5:24 - Goessling 37 FG, 14 plays, 52 yards, 6:19 - NU 35-29
NU - 2:02 - Martinez 46 run (Maher kick) - 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:22, NU 42-29

Final: #10 Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29
Attendance: 85,101
Time of Game: 3:36



Lincoln - Nebraska freshman Ameer Abdullah captured several honors for his electrifying performance against Fresno State. The I-back/returner was named the Big Ten Special Team Player of the Week as well as the Freshman of the Week, while he also captured the College Football Performance Award for National Kickoff Returner of the Week.

Abdullah totaled 231 all-purpose yards on eight touches, an average of 28.9 yards per attempt, in Saturday's 42-29 win over the Bulldogs. The freshman from Homewood, Ala., set Nebraska's single-game record with 211 kickoff return yards, breaking the previous mark of 186 by Josh Davis in 2002, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after Fresno State pulled to within 28-26 in the fourth quarter. Abdullah also set up Nebraska's go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 38-yard return after the Huskers fell behind 20-14. He also had one punt return for 17 yards and two rushes.

After two weeks, Abdullah is second nationally in kickoff return average (42.00 per return) and 13th nationally in punt returns (16.80 per return). He joins West Virginia's Tavon Anderson and Eric Page from Toledo as the only players ranked in the top-20 nationally in both punt and kickoff returns after two weeks of action.



A California reporter’s view as to what makes Nebraska tick in the college football level is heart warming. We take the rich tradition in stride, but when seen through a visitor’s eye, our Nebraska pride swells.

Bulldogs face raucous fans and steep Nebraska tradition

By Marek Warszawski

The Fresno Bee

September 10, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. – This is how the big boys do it.

Walk up the steps that lead to the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex on the Nebraska campus and you'll pass a bronze statue of Tom Osborne, the former Cornhuskers coaching legend and current athletic director, instructing quarterback Brook Berringer during a game.

Swing open the heavy glass door, and the first thing you notice is a gleaming 40-foot-tall waterfall with a large red "N" in its center. Covering another wall is a gigantic mosaic mural depicting Cornhuskers football made up of 616 individual tiles.

Glass display cases are packed with Orange Bowl trophies (with oranges in them), vintage helmets, mounted newspaper pages and three crystal footballs honoring Nebraska's No. 1 ranking in the final coaches' poll in 1994, '95 and '97.

Where are the Heismans, you ask? A female security guard nods and leads you to an adjoining room (called "The Nebraska Experience Room") where the three stiff-arming statuettes awarded to Johnny Rogers (1972), Mike Rozier (1983) and Eric Crouch (2001) appear with the flick of a switch on rotating wall units. The wall doubles as a large video screen that plays highlights of each Heisman Trophy winner's career.

And that's just the lobby. There's also Nebraska's renowned strength and conditioning center, recently renovated thanks to a $2 million donation by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (who also gave $600,000 to the engineering school), and a home locker room said to make Oregon boosters blush.

"I've been traveling [with the Bulldogs] for 11 seasons and these are the best facilities I've ever seen," said Vincent Ricchiuti, the Fresno State booster and former director of football operations. "They're unbelievable."

Will any of this make a difference at 4 p.m. today when Fresno State faces the 10th-ranked Cornhuskers in the 313th consecutive sellout at 81,091-seat Memorial Stadium? Probably not. But it does illustrate the caliber of program the Bulldogs are up against.

To fans, Fresno State playing big-name opponents on the road is nothing new. But it's new for this bunch. Thirty-two of the 65 Bulldogs who suited up for last week's 36-21 season-opening loss to Cal were playing their first college game.

Friday, before the Bulldogs held a 45-minute stadium walk-through, coach Pat Hill said that a significant number of the players ("somewhere in the high teens") had just taken their first plane trip.

"I'm a little anxious about how the younger guys are going to react when this place is rocking," Hill said. "Sure, we practiced with crowd noise. But I've got a center that's taken about 40 snaps in practice. Out here, it's a little different."

Fresno State's reshuffled offensive line in the wake of center Richard Helepiko's ankle injury is certain to be a key factor. But Hill sounded confident that junior left guard Matt Hunt will be up to the task blocking Jared Crick, Nebraska's all-America defensive tackle.

Meanwhile, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini predicted the Bulldogs will pose a tougher test for the Cornhuskers than in last week's 40-7 rout of Chattanooga.

"They've given a lot of people problems over the years," Pelini said. "They're a well-coached football team that plays a very aggressive style. It'll be a good test for us."

It'll be an even better test for Fresno State, which has won seven of its past 11 games against BCS opponents but has lost 12 straight against Top-25 teams.

Even if the Bulldogs get off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 2000, Hill said his team won't get discouraged: "We're going to find out real early who we are instead of playing a bunch of nobodies and then getting slapped."

Fresno State, a 28-point underdog, might get slapped anyway. But at least the slapping will be done by a program with all the trappings of success.



Rookie kicker and former Husker All-American Alex Henery led a group of 25 former Nebraska football players on NFL active rosters during the league's opening weekend. Henery, a fourth-round selection fo the Philadelphia Eagles, was perfect in his professional debut connecting on a 34 yard field goal and all four PAT attempts for the Eagles, who posted a 31-13 victory.

Barrett Ruud, who moved to the Tennessee Titans after six seasons with Tampa Bay, recorded 14 tackles against the Jacksonville Jaguars and former Husker defensive end Zach Potter, who played at tight end for the Jaguars. Ruud is tied with Green Bays' Morgan Burnett for the league lead in tackles after amassing 118 last season. Playing at Lambeau Field against the defending NFL champions Green Bay, Scott Shanle was credited with seven tackles for the New Orleans Saints.

Four former offensive linemen got the starting nod in the opening week, including Matt Slauson (Jets), Carl Nicks (Saints), Dominic Raiola (Lions) and Richie Incognito (Dolphins). Slauson helped the Jets in their dramatic come-from-behind 27-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, while Raiola, Nicks and Incognito were all part of offenses that are ranked in top five of the league after the opening weekend of action.

A total of five Huskers, including Henery, from last year's squad made their pro debut this week. Roy Helu, Niles Paul and Dejon Gomes all played in the Redskins' 28-14 win over the New York Giants, with Helu recording one run for two yards. After going undrafted, Mike McNeill saw playing time in the Colts loss to the Texans.


BIG RED ANTHEM…pretty cool!

RAP version, I couldn't catch all the words – but thought you might get a kick out of this.



I wanted to pass this along because it's soooooo cool. My boyfriend, Chad, owns Vault Garage and a Husker fan contacted him to do his garage. Here's pics and the story.

Here is an overview of the project:

This Nebraska Cornhuskers themed garage, features the actual throwback jersey, helmet and pants worn by Ndamukong Suh. The Husker red cabinets were furnished by VAULTT ( Read about the story behind how Suh's items were acquired and used as inspiration to create the ultimate man cave for a Husker fan in Southern California.


Here are links to some pictures on FlickR:




Lincoln, Neb.- The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of the Weber State Wildcats 3-0 (25-15, 25-7, 25-16) Saturday afternoon in the final match of the 2011 Ameritas Player's Challenge.

Gina Mancuso led the way for NU with 15 kills on 26 attempts, notching a hitting percentage of .500. Morgan Broekhuis had six kills of her own, as Hayley Thramer and Brooke Delano both had five. Lauren Cook tabbed 33 assists and Lara Dykstra had 16 digs for NU. Nebraska out-blocked Weber State six to three in the match.

The Wildcats committed 16 errors and hit only .071 for the match. Nebraska hit .398, aided by a .522 second set. NU held Weber State to a match-high 16 points in set three.

The Huskers saw three players earn spots on the Ameritas Player's Challenge All-Tournament Team as Cook led the way with MVP honors. Broekhuis and Mancuso were also recognized as well as Gabby Jolly from Saint Mary's, Creighton's Michelle Sincer and Laurel Sanford and Sarah Reams from Saint Mary's.



Lincoln, Neb.- The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team prevailed 3-2 (25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13) over the Saint Mary's Gaels in front of a sold-out crowd at the NU Coliseum on Friday night to post its second win of the 2011 Ameritas Players Challenge.

In a match that kept the 4,097 in attendance on the edge of their seats, the Huskers saw sophomore Morgan Broekhuis lead the way with 17 kills. Junior Gina Mancuso notched her third double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs for NU. Junior Lauren Cook posted 51 assists, tying her season-high mark, while junior Hannah Werth also tabbed a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs in the match.

Nebraska's defense held the Gaels to a .148 hitting percentage, while the Huskers totaled 14.5 team blocks and 64 digs on the night. Saint Mary's recorded 32 errors in the match and nine team blocks.



Lincoln, Neb.- The No. 11 Nebraska Huskers swept Creighton 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-16) on Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the NU Coliseum to kick off the 2011 Ameritas Player's Challenge.

While celebrating the 150th consecutive sellout at the NU Coliseum, the Huskers saw junior Gina Mancuso tally the second double-double of her career, with 12 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Morgan Broekhuis totaled 13 kills for Nebraska, while junior Lauren Cook had 33 assists. Nebraska notched 55 digs, compared to Creighton's 41 and held the Bluejays to a .053 hitting percentage for the match.



Opponent - Northwestern (0-6-0, 0,0,0)
Series History - Nebraska Leads, 2-1-0
When - Sunday, Sept. 18 (Noon)
Where - Nebraska Soccer Field
TV - BigTenNetwork (Tape Delay - 3 p.m.)
Live Stream -
Live Stats -

Lincoln - The Nebraska soccer team will make history on Sunday when it competes in the first ever Big Ten Conference game for the University of Nebraska. The Huskers are set to host Northwestern at the Nebraska Soccer Field, with kickoff set for 12:05 p.m. The game will be streamed live on and will be shown on tape delay later on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

The Huskers are currently ranked ninth in the Big Ten Conference team standing with a (3-3-1, 0-0-0), while Northwestern (0-6-0, 0-0-0) is still in search of its first win on the year and is in 12th place. The Wildcats will host Loyola Chicago on Wednesday night before making the trip to Lincoln.

The Huskers are coming off a weekend split that saw them play a pair of overtime games at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational. Nebraska scored a big win on Friday night when it came back from a 3-1 second-half deficit to defeat No. 25 Virginia Tech by a score of 4-3 on a goal by Stacy Bartels in overtime.

Nebraska then met No. 18 Wake Forest on Sunday for the tournament title and played the Demon Deacons to a 1-1 tie through regulation. Wake Forest captured its sixth win of the year just over eight minutes into the first overtime on a goal from Rachel Nuzzolese.

Northwestern played just once this past weekend, as the team made the short trip to Illinois State. The two teams were tied at 1-1 through regulation and the first overtime period, but the Redbirds' Rachel Tejada found the back of the net at 103:07 to deny the Wildcats their first win of the season.



Lincoln - Nebraska Baseball Coach Darin Erstad announced on Tuesday the dates and times for the Huskers' annual Red-White Series at Hawks Field. The three-game series will begin on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and will continue on Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. The final game of the series will kickoff a busy day in Lincoln for Husker fans on Saturday, Oct. 8, as the baseball game will start at 11 a.m., while the Husker volleyball team will host Indiana at 3 p.m. before the football team concludes the day's activities with a 7 p.m. game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium.

Admission is free for all three games of the Red-White Series and a concession stand will be open at Hawks Field. Parking details for Saturday morning's Red-White Series finale will be announced at a later date.

The Huskers start a new era of Nebraska baseball in 2012, with not only a new head coach in Erstad, but Nebraska will also play its first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. NU has already released its 2012 schedule, as the Huskers will play 31 home games at Hawks Field and will have 13 contests against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams, including a four-game home stand against 2011 College World Series qualifier California.

The 56-game schedule starts with 10 games on the road before the Huskers host their home opener against former Big 12 foe Kansas State on Tuesday, March 6. The Huskers will play eight Big Ten Conference series, with the only conference teams not on the schedule including Penn State and Michigan State, as well as Wisconsin, which doesn't have a baseball program.

Red-White Series Dates
Game 1 - Thursday, Oct. 6 (7 p.m.)
Game 2 - Friday, Oct. 7 (5 p.m.)
Game 3 - Saturday, Oct. 8 (11 a.m.)


Today is the 10-year anniversary of one of America's darkest days in history ... an anniversary we will never forget. Multiple attacks on September 11, 2001, left us stunned, horrified and confused. As grueling as the experience was for almost all Americans, somehow it produced the exact opposite of what terrorists wanted. Instead of bringing down America, it bonded us together and helped us recover from grief, restore our strength and appreciate something we will never take for granted again ... life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Sports, of course, is one of those pursuits that Americans seem to embrace most because athletics is all about the power of the human spirit and how it can persevere and press on against all odds.

Lincoln's Memorial Stadium showcased that great intersection between sports and life Saturday night. As I sat with my brother-in-law in the East Stadium to watch a halftime tribute to nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11, I was never prouder of Nebraska's loyal fans. Instead of grumbling about a 17-14 deficit to an underdog Fresno State team, fans remained in their seats and gave heart-felt, stadium-wide support for the re-enactment of a 9/11 tribute from 2001.

I was equally proud, of course, of a football team that showed great resolve and even greater resilience in the second half. If you watch this video feature, you will understand the roots of that character. The video follows NU All-America defensive tackle candidate Jared Crick and offensive line anchor Mike Caputo from their teammates' practice-week American flag discussions with Navy Seal Jack Riggins to the game itself. At the end, you will see a sizable group of Huskers kneeling on one knee when the battle's over.

Recommended Reading Enables Context

Today is not only time for reflection on 9/11, but also time to reframe that infamous day and put into perspective something that should be forever etched into our nation's collective mind and conscience. Words cannot make that happen, but they can enable the process. That's why I offer up a five-article list designed to broaden perspective. Whether you read one or all five, you can't help but have a better framework to appreciate and honor this special day. Our recommendations are:

1) ESPN Columnist Rick Reilly: Let's Keep Rolling
2) USA Today Columnist Mike Lopresti: A Twist of Fate
3) ESPN Columnist Elizabeth Merrill: In the Spirit of Julie Geis
4) Omaha W-H Columnist Michael Kelly: Image of Resilience
5) Sports Illustrated Photos: The Week that Sports Stood Still

Having read countless newspaper, magazine and online articles and having watched numerous TV specials on 9/11, I can honestly say that each was compelling and each delivered an inspired message, some in heart-wrenching ways. The five recommendations above are substantive and likely to hit home with Husker fans.

Reilly's Gripping Account from United Flight 93

Reilly's column captures the extraordinary courage that resides in ordinary citizens ... the kind that starts with Todd Beamer's cry of "Let's roll!" to the legacy that he and other brave passengers on United Flight 93 left behind: "Let's keep rolling!"

Lopresti's column chronicles a simple decision Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw made one day that kept her from boarding a fatal flight. The column makes you think about your own "twists of fate" and how they relate to everyday decisions in a fast-moving world.

Merrill's column honors the spirit of Julie Geis, one of our own. She was a Husker softball player, and a scholarship remains endowed in her honor.

Kelly's column dwells on the resilience we introduced earlier and includes a twist of fate for Dave Rimington, the only Husker "legend" officially recognized by the Big Ten Conference ... a legend that was not in his New York office that day. The Husker Academic All-American and Outland Trophy winner would have been in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11, but his prep alma mater, had invited him to speak at its Hall-of-Fame banquet, and legends don't turn down alma maters.

Paul Critchlow, an Omaha Benson High School graduate, former Husker football player and Vietnam veteran, was in his 31st-floor office at Merrill Lynch when the first plane hit the adjacent World Trade Center. A senior vice president at Merrill, Critchlow helped evacuate 9,000 employees and then ran northward, just ahead of the debris cloud. "He smelled sulfur," Kelly wrote, "and feared, as if back in Vietnam, that people would be strafed from the air."

Athletes on One Knee, a Flag on an Empty Seat

Obviously, there have been so many stories written and so many videos produced on 9/11 that it would take weeks, if not months, to read and watch. That's why we end with a special Sports Illustrated Photo Gallery and add another, USA Today Photos in the Aftermath of 9/11, for good measure. We've always thought photos are worth a thousand words, and they certainly can provide a truer context for how we viewed September 11, 2001, then and how we still view that day now: Very simply, as "the week that sports stood still" and never shall we forget.


* Nebraska Football diagnosis: signs of Anemic Game Day Performance syndrome

If you think something’s wrong and you see a doctor, and you
aren’t sure the doc is all that sharp, you might want a second
opinion. Same thing when your college football team looks sickly.
And a survey of several sports scribes shows the same diagnosis: The
Huskers aren't as robust and previously supposed.

* NU will require fewer credit hours for most degrees
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has taken steps intended
to make it easier to graduate in four years. It will also save them
some money.

The Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities

MS patient’s success leads to Train The Brain Fund


That’s the direction Omahan Kurt Shafer was heading last summer.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 2000s, the now 61-year-old would enter a room and rather than look for someone he knew, he’d look for a place to sit.

If he did attempt to walk, he’d use a stick or he would cling to his wife, Mary.

The Shafers, married for 37 years, prepared themselves for further decline. But, to their surprise, that’s not what happened.

Find out more about Kurt, and how a UNMC scientist is helping him pay it forward.

Solving for why students should teach math

She was one of those kids in class who’d hide in the corner.

She liked math. She’d always finish the homework early. But math class bored her because her teachers bored her.

“Lots of my teachers just lectured at me.”

Angie Hodge grew up in northern Minnesota. (That wasn’t so long ago. She’s only 31.) In those days, she never would have pictured herself becoming a math teacher, let alone a math professor whose job now is to encourage students to become math teachers.

“I didn’t fall in love with the idea of teaching math right away,” says Hodge, who recently was named the first Dr. George Haddix Community Chair in Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “I’m a first-generation college student. My parents were just happy I was in school. I started out an elementary-education major, because I knew I wanted to teach.”

Learn how a few professors made all the difference for her, and how she now wants to do the same for students at UNO.


Studying abroad gives UNK graduate a broader perspective

Studying in the Czech Republic and China created experiences that Ben Cooney can’t describe using dollar signs.

It left him with lifelong, intangible benefits. It forced him to leave his comfort zone.

It exposed him for the first time ever to different cultures and people.

“I saw, heard, smelled, and tasted what I had never before,” said the 2011 University of Nebraska at Kearney graduate from Clay Center.

Learn more about Ben’s journey, and how studying abroad changed his life.


Who’s Calling You? Paul Francis

Paul Francis, a 22-year-old Spanish and International Business major at UNL, has traveled to many places in the world. He dreams of seeing every continent before he hits 25.

If he visits Antarctica in the next three years, he’ll meet his goal.

You might talk to him on the phone some evening, if you’re on our phonathon list. He’s one of our student callers – the students from all the University of Nebraska campuses who call you and ask you questions about your mailing address, if we have a correct e-mail address and if you would like to give a gift to support your college.

We thought it’d be fun to turn the tables and ask our own student callers some questions.

If you could only eat the same thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chilaquiles, it’s a Mexican breakfast dish that consists of tortilla chips, salsa, eggs and meat. It’s delicious!

Would you rather go skydiving or bungee jumping?

I would go skydiving only because I have already tried bungee jumping.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?

“Here and There: A Lifetime of Journeys.”

We’re starting a feature this month – “Who’s Calling You?” – about Paul and our other student callers. We think they’re pretty great.

We think you will, too.

Read more of our Q&A with Paul, and about one special phone conversation that led to a friendship.

Campaign for Nebraska. Unlimited Possibilities

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